"Basebrawl" in Tunica Results in Arrests, Hospitalization for Region 8 Residents

MAY 18, 2005 - Posted at 11:11 a.m. CDT

TUNICA, MS - A championship game in a youth baseball tournament in Tunica, Mississippi last weekend resulted in a bleachers-clearing brawl that ended in the arrests of at least two Region 8 men.  One of the men was also hospitalized.

Things came to a head Sunday afternoon around 4:30 in the finals of a tournament at the Tunica County Recreation Center, as youth teams from Paragould and Marion squared off.  "Apparently there were some bad feelings that carried over from an earlier game in the tournament," said Tunica County Public Information Officer Larry Liddell.  "There was a close call at home plate in which a boy got his leg broke, but it was unintentional," said Liddell.  "The call apparently didn't go the way of an assistant coach from Marion.  According to witnesses, he struck the umpire.  The umpire hit him back and then the bleachers began to clear and a brouhaha was on."  Liddell says security working the park called for assistance from the Tunica County Sheriff's Department.

After the dust settled, deputies arrested umpires William and Adam Clark of Parksdale, Mississippi, and fan Nathan Bland of Marion.  Marion assistant coach David Jones of West Memphis was injured and hospitalized in Memphis with a fractured spine.  William and Adam Clark and Bland are each charged with assault and disturbing the peace.  Upon release from the hospital, Jones also faces charges of disturbing the peace.

The four men are to appear in court next month.